Hate or Love?
It may surprise some of you to learn that you are a member of a “hate” group. According to a certain “civil rights” organization, you and I are guilty of thought-crimes and worse. We believe the Bible is the literal and infallible word of God. We believe that man is essentially corrupt in his fallen state, and that we are in need of a loving Savior. We believe this Bible prescribes that we are to live according to certain moral standards regarding our interactions with others, including not murdering our fellow man, not stealing from him, and that any sexual interaction is to be confined within the bounds of marriage. Shockingly, we believe marriage is a covenant entered into between one man and one woman. We believe that we should be at liberty to practice our beliefs, and that these beliefs comprise the one great truth. We also believe that those who choose to not believe this one truth have the liberty to do so, but that they then are excluded from the truth and its salvation, subjecting those people to God’s justice. It is said that the members of our group regularly meet to ceremoniously sing songs and recite prayers to further cement our beliefs and to encourage conformity among the members of the group. Even worse, many meet weekly in smaller cell groups, often in one another’s homes, for continued indoctrination. It is these beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a “civil rights watchdog group,” that makes organizations like Fellowship at Cross Creek a hate group.
ABC News (and other “mainstream” news organizations similarly) reported:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is the “prominent” civil rights group that has designated the Alliance Defending Freedom, a federation of attorneys and others dedicated to defending the religious rights of individuals and organizations, as an “anti-LGBT hate group”. NBC, Newsweek, Salon, and other news outlets joined ABC in terming ADF a hate group.
ADF defends the rights of individuals and organizations from attempts to undermine religious rights, the sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family. By trying to protect religious rights, the ADF, along with the Family Research Council and the American Enterprise Institute, and other organizations that encourage religious freedom, has been designated a hate group. By that definition, Fellowship qualifies as a hate group, as well.
Let’s be clear – neither the Alliance Defending Freedom, nor Fellowship at Cross Creek are hate groups. Anyone with any ability to think can see that is nonsense. Advocating for religious freedom, human life, and marriage and family does not constitute hate. To the contrary, ADF and Fellowship are motivated by love. Matthew 22 tells us that we are to love our Lord and God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and, secondly, we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is upon these two points that the law depends. If we are to act rightly, our actions will be motivated by love of God and our neighbor. Any actions outside that motivation are wrong.
Jesus told His disciples that they would be misjudged and persecuted for their beliefs. Matthew 10:22 tells us, “You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.”
The war between good and evil continues. But, Jesus tells us in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) we are to love our enemies, for even the worst of us can love our friends. Those we are accused of hating are precisely the ones He commands us to love. We are going to be misunderstood. We are going to be hated. We are to respond by loving our God with our all, and loving our neighbor and our enemy as we love ourselves.
Loving God and loving our neighbor and our enemy makes Fellowship at Cross Creek a love group.
~ Hudd ~
Kevin Huddleston is an Elder at Fellowship at Cross Creek Church in Branson, MO